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1836-1846: Politics. Martin Van Buren William Henry Harrison John Tyler James K. Polk. MVB deals with Jackson’s legacy. Specie Circular – Jackson/banks require payment in specie (gold/silver)

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1836 1846 politics

1836-1846: Politics

Martin Van BurenWilliam Henry HarrisonJohn Tyler

James K. Polk

mvb deals with jackson s legacy
MVB deals with Jackson’s legacy
  • Specie Circular – Jackson/banks require payment in specie (gold/silver)
  • Banks drained of specie.Paper money worthless.(banks won’t take it, businesses won’t either)Monopoly money
  • PANIC (depression) of 1837
mvb 1837 1840
MVB: 1837-1840
  • Democratic philosophy is laissez-faire
  • MVB does nothing (lets the economy go through the cycle “naturally”)
  • Whig policies look great – fall of BUS and Specie Circular kill Democrats (economically)
  • Who will run?
william henry harrison march april 1841
William Henry HarrisonMarch – April 1841
  • Hero of Tippecanoe
  • Identified with westerners, former general
  • “let him say nothing about his principles”
  • Log Cabin and Hard Cider campaign
    • Whigs use Democratic tactics: they portray
      • Harrison a common man
      • Van Buren an elitist
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“Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!”

  • Tyler is a sop to the south (VA)
  • Leading Whigs would advise Harrison (Clay, Webster, JQA)

Tyler not a Whig – merely disliked Jackson’s use of veto - ally of Calhoun – appoints him Sec. of State

- annexes Texas (slave); North enraged, war nears

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